Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Halloween Pillow Cover

OMG I'm Like Literally Dead Pillow Cover


Favorite Pajamas


Because I've turned into a camo loving fool!


Favorite Coffee Helper


THIS SPOON!!!
OH MY GOSH!! 
Mix that creamer right in to make it PUURRRFECT
(I couldnt resist)
But this baby is just $1.17!
OK - EVERYONE gets one for Christmas! :)


Favorite Kitchen Sponge


...because looks like we're on a cat theme?
But look how easy these things would be to dry - off the gross counter too!


Favorite Beauty  & the Beast


...hmmm... can I wear these every day?

Favorite Cardigan


I love the little touch of the ruffle kind of front
This baby is at Walmart too
Give me ALL the colors for a price under $20.00!

Favorite Quote




Favorite Hair Accessory


Favorite Funnies

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.... every time I walk by a lobster tank in the grocery

GIPHY! (http://bit.ly/2JEWCJz) August 25, 2015 at 07:38AM


... when I leave Hobby Lobby with all the things I never needed

GIPHY! (http://bit.ly/2ZI1xm8) June 21, 2016 at 01:38PM

... when I'm getting the dog's dinner ready & they're all staring & waiting on me

GIPHY! (http://bit.ly/2S2I5t6) June 29, 2016 at 11:14AM

... me at 4:30pm today

GIPHY! (http://bit.ly/2HypzVE) August 2, 2019 at 03:09PM

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rain man, big brothers & more bleeding... from my face!!! {Thankful Thursday #237}

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This Week I am Thankful For:

Day off
Thank you Labor Day for letting us have a Labor-less day!

Fall Planner cover
I ordered this baby months ago & have counting down till September so I could put it on!!! Isn't it the cutest?



Roaming
My brother has been letting Baby roam more & more with Cochese in the big field & they are just best buddies out there.  She's still so young - & little next to Cochese - so we just are taking our time letting them stick together. Cochese does look out for her though- worries about her.  And he wants to just be near her ... awww.... he is so much more content when he can 'take care of her' - big protective brother.



Didnt die in a blood bath
What a nightmare. I usually get massive, horrible nose bleeds. I'm used to it - but they usually happen in the morning or late at night (when I wake up, when I go to bed) For some reason, I was driving home talking to Ricky on the phone & was like, "I taste blood"... & then the gates of hell unleashed on my face. I'm not even joking.  Blood pouring everywhere. WHILE I'M DRIVING!!!!!  I'm gagging & choking on blood, trying to shove McDonald's napkins up my nose because those were closest to grab in the side pocket of my car door & Ricky is yelling- PULL OVER - PULL OVER!  ... I'm nothing but a goal setter & knew I was about 2.5 miles from home.  I can make it!  But when I opened my car door in the drive way, I was still gushing. I couldnt even pull the napkins out fast enough to put another one in without clots & blood dripping everywhere.

You still with me or passed out?  Because I nearly was. That's all I needed - more blood loss.

After about 20 minutes, it slowed down enough to where I didnt think I was going to choke to death.  So I'm thankful it stopped - I made it home safely - all a little bit stained & needing a hose down for my face. My drive way felt the same way.



HSM Kick off
We're back to Home Groups on Wednesday nights.  & mercy, we had a HUGE group to kick it off! So much fun! & already such good discussion.





Physicians Assistant
I think I mentioned Monday my conversation with the PA at the Hematologist last week. I really liked her.  I'm loving all my female doctors & PA's I've had lately. GIRL POWER!

Ferritin Up
PRAISE THE LORD ... HALLELJUAH... ALL THE HIGH LIFTED WORSHIP HANDS!!
Makes all the needles & tears a little more worth it.  Now, if only I could FEEL the benefit of that ferritin!

Ice Cream Sandwich cake
It was my one our work family's birthday this past weekend & another coworker made the coolest (literally) ice cream cake. I'm not a big ice cream person - but I do like ice cream sandwiches - I never claimed to NOT be a weirdo - & I really like whipped cream.  So she told me she layers the ice cream sandwiches, puts a layer of whipped cream, then repeat & top with mini M&M's - which someone said, put those M&M's in the middle layer too - yes please!  But man, i feel like this is something I can do!! Which is saying something!



Brother help
Speaking of big brother Cochese above - I'll give my brother props for helping me out this weekend by hooking me up with a salesman that is trying to help me out with a car.  AND when I was running from car lot to car lot, my brother went over & fed Baby for us so we didn't have to drive ALLLL the way back home without finishing our car hunt.

Ricky's money knowledge
Let me tell you - this man - he knows numbers when it comes to dollar bills y'all!  it's funny because all these discussions about financing & car prices & car payments, Ricky is like Rain Man. He can shoot out the answer before people have their calculators out.  & then they're shocked when he's right.  Me, I'm in the corner turning in circles with this kind of stuff.  We balance each other out - that's for sure.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Show Us Your Books {September 2019}

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25862989. sy475 One in a Million Boy
*** / Liked it

Quick Summary - A young boy who loved all things Guinness Records unexpectedly passed away had a relationship with a 104 year old woman, who becomes entwined with his parents after his passing.

I went into this thinking this book was going to be about a young boy - only to find out that its mainly about the 104 year old woman.

I saw so many rave reviews about this & was so anxious & excited to get into this book - & sadly, didnt fall in love with it like everyone else did. I know it was just me. This is the type of book I would ordinarily fall in love with.  But I'm just in a weird reading mood/slump.

So yeah, I did enjoy the sweetness & touching parts of this book - but it just didnt hit me like everyone else. That's OK.  Timing is everything.

“Because the story of your life never starts at the beginning.” 




41736961Where I End & You Begin
** / 2 out of 5 / it was OK

Quick Summary:  A teenage boy & the best friend of a girl he likes keep switching bodies & they see what its like to live in one another's shoes.

This gives me some Freak Friday vibes.  It had its moments of comedy - I really laughed out loud & loved some of the modern references that it uses.

But this one just sort of was over the top  for me.  The language was EXTREME & some of the discussions sort of shocked me since this is a YA book. I wouldn't let my kid read it & I'd be a little 'iffy' on my teens reading it too. Yeah, I know teens see & hear a lot lately but this just isn't for me.  Could be for you & your teen - wouldnt be for me - & both are totally OK.

It deals with a weird love ... um... not trinagle... maybe... quad?  Each of the people involved in the body swapping really like their respective best friends... so then it becomes the guy in the girls body, but he really likes HER best friend... so then relationships look into same sex attractions... & then there's the issues of transgender & identity.  It gets REALLY confusing at points because the characters are constantly out of their body, back in their body, switch again & then back again & some times it gets confusing to follow... & then I guess it's fair to see why the characters also get confused.

I did appreciate parts of the book where the characters could understand one another by being in their situation & struggling with what each of them deal with.... I would have enjoyed it more that direction instead of all the sexual vibes of it & each of them learning & discovering what the other male/female body does, look like, etc etc...

I almost put it down mid ways but had to find out how it all ended ... & then was just kind of disappointed with that.  So ... meh.

"The past always catches up to the future"




38255337. sy475 One Day in December / Josie Silver
**** / Really Liked it

Quick Summary: Laurie sees a guy sitting at a bus stop on a December evening & they lock eyes & its instant "love at first sight" - when he doesnt make it getting on the bus, Laurie spends all her time looking for him, convinced he's the one for her... until he pops up in the worst of ways.

I kept hearing about this book everywhere & I get the love of it now. It's so charming & enchanting.  You root for all the characters & dont want anyone hurt either.   I love Laurie & Jack, but also love Sarah, the other part of the triangle.... Oliver? Not so much

I was caught up in this because its an easy read & moves fast & I always love books with different POV in stories. To me, it adds a different dimension.

This one had me laughing at some points, swooning at others, crying big ugly tears at some points (dad's in books do that to me now), shocked at other parts & just enjoying it all!

If this doesnt become a movie, I'll be shocked. How can this NOT be a movie made for Christmas?

We are a triangle, but our sides have kept changing length.  Nothing has ever quite been equal.  Perhaps its time to learn how to stand on our own, rather than having on each other.




41716692. sy475 The Bookshop on the Shore
*** / Liked It

Quick Summary: A single mom takes her non-speaking son to the place the Loch Ness Monster lives to try & find a good life for her son & becomes the au pair of a mysterious family with 3 children.

Apparently there's a first book to this - & I guess you didnt have to read it to enjoy this one because it didnt affect me. Except I'm glad I didnt read it because apparently, one of the main characters of that book is in this one & I couldnt stand her in this one. Nina. She was the rudest & most unfriendly character I've read in awhile. Glad I missed that book.

But I enjoyed this one good enough. It wasn't great. But I read it through & did enjoy the story of the kids & how Zoe was able to make a difference in their lives.

I was bored on the chapters that deal with Zoe helping Nina with her book van & the parts where Nina dealt with her son's father, I just wanted to scream.

I wish there was more story with Zoe & the kids father - I was waiting for that & it comes so late in the story, its like, why bother....

This one is meh... read if you enjoy Scottish things, or maybe if you read the first one ? (Did you really like Nina in that book? Tell me what I'm missing here) - or if you like The Sound of Music - gives those vibes a whole lot.

“It was a very odd concept - that you could become friends with someone simply by examining their bookshelves - but nevertheless, Zoe believed it fervently.”




Life According to Steph


Monday, September 09, 2019

The weekend that we spent all the time at car lots loosing my ever loving mind!!!!

I'm exhausted.... & have nothing to show for it.  We were on the hunt for a new car for me... & keeping an eye out for Ricky too.  I LOATHE car shopping. I dont understand how some people can say, "I want a new car" & go out & that very day, come home with a car. 

.. & I'll give you warning - there is a LOT of UPPER CASE letters, which you can be fully assured - I am screaming at those moments. Without a shadow of a doubt.

I first of all get such anxiety about getting a lemon.  & spending too much money.  I just want a good deal, for a good car.  & I hate hate hate debt. DESPISE DEBT.  I dont deal with debt. I appreciate not having debt & dont ever want to go back into it.  ... but I also know I need a car & this is what life is about.  But man, I just dont like it.

Can we also talk about the price of cars today? OH MY GOSH! What is happening?  When did cars become the price of small homes? 

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It's funny because a coworker asked me what I was looking for - what my dream car is?   I told her I didn't have one. She was a little shocked at that.  Apparently everyone has a dream car? Nope - not everyone.  I honestly go onto a car lot & say, "I want a low mile car for a good deal" - I dont care what it is.  I may get a little picky about some small things.  But honestly, I'd take any car for a good deal.  Which opens the door for a LOT of options - which also opens the door for a LOT of confusion!!!!  Let's just say after a few car lots & 4 test drives... I'm mentally exhausted.

It's just so frustrating too because sales people... they are the worst. THE WORST. If you are a sales person, I'm sorry. There are a LOT of people out there giving you a bad name - which I find can be a real life lesson in that right there. #preach  .....Anyhoo..... We were at a car lot & asking a guy about the Certified cars.  He went on to tell me that all the cars on the lots are certifiable... I said, No, you have cars that are CERTIFIED!!! ... He tried to tell me I have to pay a price to make it certified.  ... NO!  I have spoken to 3 other sales people AND my brother works at Ford & told me all about the program. This guy was LYING to me to try & get me to pay an extra $899 to get the car certified - when it ALREADY WAS!!!!  I even said, "What does that mean when the sticker on the window says CERTIFIED" & he once again said to me 'Its certifiABLE" ... I went & pointed to it & said, WHY DOES IT SAY CERTIFIED???? Let me tell you - I was loosing the Jesus in me at this point.  He finally said, "Oh, OK, you're right, this is certified". OHHHHHHH MY GOSH!

.... THEN, I asked the price & he told me it was $2,500 MORE than what the web site said. I told him, no, the web site says its a certain price... he told me no its not. I had to pull up the web site on my phone & show him & he said, "Oh yeah, that's right".... at this point, I was ready to just kick the car.  I lost it at that point & said, "SIR!!!! I AM SO TIRED OF PEOPLE PLAYING GAMES WITH ME! I JUST WANT TO BUY A FREAKING CAR"...


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& this, ladies & gentlemen, is why I loathe car shopping.....

One good thing came from the weekend though.

Let me back up a little & remind some of you that are used to my crying on Mondays from my infusions - how this all stands....

I went to the doctor last week & I was telling them how badly the infusions make me feel.  They said some people have issues with this kind of iron - & they could always change the kind I get infused. (Why wasn't that an option before when I told them all the other times how badly they made me feel? Hmmm....)

I spoke with the Physician's Assistant this time & I had waited SO FREAKING LONG in the waiting room that some of my blood work came back from my blood draw 2 hours earlier (it was a REALLY long wait)... My hemoglobin was where it was at before - hadn't dropped any more - still slightly anemic, but wasn't dangerously low like it was before .... so she suggested maybe I just stop the last 2 infusions & then see what happens.

I told her I found a liquid iron that I'm seeing a lot of people take with iron deficiency & asked if she thought it was something I could take instead.  She asked me like 3 times, Is it FDA Approved?  I told her I got it off Amazon so I doubt it.  #lovemesomeAmazon

I then pulled it up on Amazon & showed her what it was & she read the label & was intrigued.  ... & then she told me once again "As a doctor, if its not FDA approved, I can not tell you to take it"..... ok then.... & then she said, ".... BUT... if you were my sister, I would tell you it can't hurt" ... I liked that.

Gaia Herbs PlantForce Liquid Iron Supplement, 8.5 Ounce - Supports Healthy Iron and Energy Levels, Great-Tasting Vegetarian Herbal Formula

So we made an agreement. She said she was really interested herself to see if it works so she said if I'm comfortable with it, to NOT do the last 2 infusions, do this liquid iron & come back in 3 months & see where my levels are at.  It'll be a good test to see if it really does help.

She didnt have to tell me twice... SEE YA INFUSION CENTER!!!!!!!!! 
At least for awhile. Prayerfully, for good!!!

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On Friday afternoon, my ferritin levels did come in & it has indeed gone back up - not up to where I was - but that was after 5 infusions the first time & 3 this time, & its close... & sorry... TMI coming up.... I've been bleeding for 5 weeks again so that its up at all? I'm totally surprised. 



Now to keep it up!!!!  I'm on a mission!!!!

The rest of the weekend was full of some good stuff....
.... dinner out with Ricky on Friday night
.... watching another glorious sun rise
.... lots of tennis with the US Open finals (Did you see Meghan Markle there???)

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.... Some good HSM messages
.... beautiful weather
.... some reading time
.... of course, lots of coffee.

So tell me how your weekend was?

Do you love or hate car shopping?
(if you love it - give me some tips!!!)

Is it feeling like fall in your neck of the woods?

Did you watch any of the US Open?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Coffee Mug
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Favorite Quote

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Favorite Cardi


Ecowish Colorblock Striped Cardigan

Well, this would go with just about any outfit all winter long!

Favorite Candle

Sweet Water Decor Warm and Cozy Candle

This smells like orange, cinnamon & ginger. Hello Fall!


Favorite Towel



Ahhhh!!!


Favorite Headache Help



I use an essential oil roll on for my vertigo & I know it helps.
This has peppermint, spearmint & lavender. That's gotta open up your head!
Roll it right on your head. Viola!

Favorite Magnet



OK - dont tell the hubs - I think I'm going to go ahead & buy this for him as a stocking stuffer!
He's forever dropping nails & screws when he's doing projects.


Favorite warm friend
Smoko Toasty Heatable Plushie


OK - first, its the cutest little sloth
PLUSSSSS - it has a heating gel pack in it so you can warm up & hold him next to you - or put on a sore spot & warm it up.
This is my new winter friend!!!

Favorite Funnies

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... when people jump in the elevator as the doors are shutting instead of just getting the next one

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... me reading everything I think is wrong with me on WebMD

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... also me reading WebMd

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... me at 4:30pm

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Happy weekend y'all!!!